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15 Hound Breeds Known for Their Speed ​​and Scent


Despite what Elvis’ famous song might suggest, hounds are known to do more than just “cry all the time.” There are over 30 breeds that fall into the American Kennel Club group of dogsand each has its own set of characteristics.

The one thing most hunting dog breeds have in common is their history of being used for hunting. They can generally be divided into two different categories: the hound and the sighthound. Scent dogs have a wonderful sense of smell and strong stamina, which gives them the power to accurately follow a trail over long distances. Greyhounds are known for their quick reactions and incredible speed, relying on sight and agility to track a target. Then there is the infamous barking sound that many hunting dogs are famous for, regardless of their hunting specialties.

Of course, not all hunting dog breeds are born to be hunters. (You’d be hard pressed to find a dachshund chasing prey!) Many hunting dogs these days are simply kept as pets, although not all breeds are suitable. first time owners. Read on to learn about the various personality traits and physical attributes that make each hunting dog unique.

1. Afghan Hound

The American Kennel Club first recognized these long-haired beauties in 1926. Originally, these puppies hunted dogs in the rugged mountain terrain surrounding their home. The breed is known to be serious and regal yet fiercely loyal to its owners. However, the afghan hound also has a humorous side hidden under its noble exterior. Although his personality may not suit all dog owners, once they find their person, they develop a special relationship with them.

2. American Foxhound

American Foxhound lies on the ground

The american foxhound is a medium-sized hunting dog weighing between 60 and 70 pounds. Recognized by the AKC in 1886, these gentle and affectionate dogs get along well with everyone, including other dogs and cats. They are fast hunters and love to run. If one of these puppies is not used for hunting, they should still have an active lifestyle. Otherwise, they are prone to depression and destructive behavior. They are also very loud and can be stubborn when it comes to training.


basenji hound dog stands in a field

The Basenji is on the smaller side of the dog group. These puppies weigh between 22 and 24 pounds and can live up to 14 years on average. A curly tail and pointy ears adorn their slender body, giving them a slightly feline look. Their inability to bark is one of their most unique characteristics. Unlike a normal dog bark or dog howl, Basenji’s voice falls somewhere between a yodel and a cluck. These puppies may seem a bit vain as they groom themselves, much like a cat would, with great precision and care.

4. Beagle

Beagle runs with a stick in its mouth

Even smaller than the Basenji is the Beagle. These adorable little guys come in two sizes: under 20 pounds and between 20 and 30 pounds. An equally sunny disposition complements their adorable expression; they are truly one of the happiest dog breeds. Beagles enjoy being around other dogs, especially since they hunt in groups. However, they are not the type to just hang around the house; beagles have a lot of energy and need to spend it productively.

5. Hunting dog

Bloodhound crosses a field

The bloodhound is a large hunting dog that can weigh up to 110 pounds. These puppies have some unmistakable characteristics, including floppy ears and wrinkled bodies. Their coats are usually tan, liver, black or red. They can track scents for miles, but despite their drive, they are quite laid-back dogs who enjoy spending time with their owners.

6. Borzoi

Borzoi hound dog stands with his leash on

The Borzoi breed has been a member of the AKC since 1891. They are tall and slender, much like the Afghan hound, without long, flowing locks (but no less regal!). Borzoi has a calm and gentle temperament and is quite calm. Although they are generally pleasant, they are still dedicated and fast hunting dogs. They can run between 35 and 40 miles per hour. They can be very stubborn and need constant training and plenty of room to run around.

7. Dachshund

happy little dachshund stands on a path

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These little puppies are definitely an adorable addition to the group of dogs. They have been part of the AKC since 1885 and are available in standard and miniature sizes. They have three types of coat: long hair, rough hair and smooth. Unlike other dogs, the Dachshund was not designed to hunt, run or swim, although some of these puppies do have a bit of fun in the water. However, they are very playful and love a good game. Even with their small size, they are perfect Watch dog and were originally used to hunt small but dangerous prey.

8. Harrier

harrier plays in the grass

The harrier loves its humans and meets its humans’ friends. They are also happy with small children and other pooches. The harrier was bred to hunt hares in England. They are a more muscular and slightly larger version of the beagle with an equally large personality. These dogs are game for a long day of hunting and will be sure to get ear scratches from everyone at the end of the day.

9. Ibizan Hound

Ibiza hounds are alert and ready

Weighing between 45 and 50 pounds, the Ibizan Hound is the perfect size for hunting, showing, or hanging around the house. These puppies came from the coasts of the Balearic Islands in Spain, where they hunted rabbits. Ibizan hounds are renowned for their speed and jumping prowess, often compared to that of a deer.

10. Otterhound

Otterhound has its paws on the fence

Otterhounds can weigh up to 115 pounds but are very loving and affectionate with their owners and families. True to their names, their original job in England was to hunt otters. A few unique features made them perfect for the job: their thick fur kept them warm, while their webbed feet made for easy crossing of water. They also have a keen sense of smell and love to swim.

11. Pharaoh’s Hound

Pharaoh's hounds stand together in a field

Pharaoh hounds are another sprint hound that comes from more rugged terrain. They hunted small animals on rocks for miles. Their noses can pick up scent over great distances, and their slender bodies are built for speed. They are known as “the ancient blushing dog of Malta”.

12. Earth Dog

hunting dog

The hunting dog the ancestors were brought by the German Johannes Plott when he came to North Carolina with his five dogs from Hanover. The puppies hunted boar and bear. The Hanoverians eventually mated with local hunting dogs to create the Plott Hound. These puppies have excellent noses and a beautiful melodic bay. North Carolina declared the Plott Hound its state dog in 1989 and the AKC accepted it in 2006.

13. Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback stands in a field'

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are large and responsible dogs. Native to Africa, the dog is a mixture of native Khoikhoi and various breeds brought by Dutch settlers. Hunter Cornelius van Rooyen took two of his doggy style– love females and breed them with big game dogs. The result was a dog that could successfully help hunt large prey and could protect hunters from other predators. The standard was established in 1922 for the breed and was accepted by the AKC in 1955. They are a affectionate dog breed known to protect their families, including the smallest members.

14. Sloughis

Sloughi hunting dog stands among the reeds

Sloughis were bred to hunt game in North Africa, including foxes, hares, gazelles, jackals and wild pigs. The sighthound is lean, much like the sighthound, weighing 35 to 50 pounds. Their coats vary from sandy shades to a mahogany red fawn. The dogs come to the United States and Europe from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya. The AKC recognized them as a breed in 2016.

15. Treeing Walker Coonhound

coonhound arboreal walker

Treeing Walker coonhounds are another medium-sized dog. They weigh between 50 and 70 pounds and live up to 13 years on average. They are another recent addition to the AKC and were officially recognized in 2012. These dogs are fearless and intelligent and can pursue their targets in haste.

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